NEW YORK, NY (April 22, 2015) – Susan Giannino, Chairman of Publicis, North America, was honored to accept the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ Spirit of Achievement Award on behalf of Publicis Worldwide at the NCLD’s 38th Annual Benefit Dinner April 22nd at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. The event theme was “1-in-5” refering to the one-in-five individuals who have learning and attention issues. Over $2.4 million was raised at the event in support of children and adults with learning and attention issues.
The evening was emceed by the award-winning journalist Paula Zahn and chaired by Nancy Poses. Paula introduced Max Ash, a 10-year-old inventor with dyslexia and the creator of a unique “mug with a hoop”, a perfect mug for dunking marshmallows into hot chocolate. Max inspired guests with his personal story about how, with his parents’ help, he has been able to turn his struggle with dyslexia into an advantage. Max also received a heartfelt video greeting from Daymond John, ABC Shark Tank Mogul and Entrepreneur, who spoke about this own dyslexia.
Publicis was honored for its pro bono creative support of Understood, a new comprehensive online resource and community for parents. Giannino was introduced by Shelly London, President of the Poses Family Foundation and Rachel Vitti, a member of Understood’s Parent Advisory Council. With two of her four children struggling with learning and attention issues, Rachel’s comments about the help that Understood offers were heartfelt: “I have often felt completely alone. If I’d had Understood, those early days might have been a whole lot easier.”
Priscilla Rodriguez, Vice President of the Poses Family Foundation, and Kevin Hager, NCLD’s Chief Communication and Engagement Officer, shared with guests the incredible reception that Understood has had since its launch last fall. Understood has received over 2.8 million visitors to date and is nominated for the 2015 Webby Award for best Family/Parenting site.
NCLD also honored two extraordinary high school seniors with learning disabilities with the Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Thomas scholarships, named for NCLD’s Chairman Emerita Anne Ford and daughter Allegra Ford Thomas.
James H. Wendorf, Executive Director of NCLD, thanked guests for their generous support, which directly helps NCLD to achieve its mission to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 individuals nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.
About Publicis Worldwide
Present in over 80 countries with 11,000 employees, Publicis Worldwide’s counts amongst some of its major clients Axa, BNP Paribas, Carrefour, Cartier, Citi, Coca-Cola, Haier, Hilton Honors, HP, l’Oréal, LG, Luxottica, Nestlé, Orange, P&G, Paypal, Pernod Ricard, RATP, Renault, Sanofi, Seb, Siemens, Telefonica, Total, and UBS.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) mission is to ensure success for all individuals with learning disabilities in school, at work and in life. NCLD connects parents and others with resources, guidance and support so they can advocate effectively for their children; delivers evidence-based tools, resources and professional development to educators to improve student outcomes; and develops policies and engages advocates to strengthen educational rights and opportunities. Visit www.ncld.org for more information.
Understood.org is a comprehensive, free nonprofit resource designed to empower parents of the 1 in 5 children who have learning and attention issues by providing clear information and practical advice to help kids thrive in school and in life. In addition to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Understood’s founding partners are Benetech, CAST, the Child Mind Institute, Common Sense Media, the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Eye to Eye, GreatSchools, the Learning Disabilities Association of America, New Profit, the Oak Foundation, Parents Education Network, the Poses Family Foundation, Reading Rockets and the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation. Explore Understood at www.understood.org.